Tonight: The ant, examined, at Cafe Scientifique


Deborah Gordon, a biology professor at Stanford University, will give a presentation based on her scientific insights about ants on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m. at SRI International in Menlo Park.

Ms. Gordon's talk, "Ant Encounters," is based on her analysis of their chemical and genetic makeup and will include information on their life cycles, their behavior in colonies, and what they have to teach us about the evolution of complex systems.

Each colony has a queen, for example, but authority is decentralized. Ants can change their roles to meet the demand: building a nest, caring for larvae, fighting off enemies and, where we commonly meet them, gathering food.

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